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Crawford, Carlson and MacIntosh honored

03/20/2013, 1:15pm CDT
By Alec Schimke

Minnesota leads the NLL with nine Player of the Week awards in 2013

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League today announced that Minnesota Swarm F Callum Crawford (Offensive Player of the Week), G Tyler Carlson (Defensive Player of the Week) and T Jordan MacIntosh (Transition Player of the Week) have earned Week #11 NLL Player Awards. All three players were honored for their performances in the Swarm’s 12-5 victory against the West Division-leading Washington Stealth this past Saturday on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota has earned a league-high nine NLL Player of the Week awards in 2013.

Crawford, 28, led Minnesota’s scoring attack with eight points (4g, 4a) and reached several team milestones in the process. In the 4th quarter, Crawford became the Swarm’s all-time assist leader, passing Sean Pollock’s previous mark of 200. The native of Ottawa, Ontario also became the fourth player in team history to notch 300 points and 100 goals in a Swarm uniform. Crawford scored all four of his goals in the first half and helped the Swarm build a 6-2 lead at halftime.

“It’s never been a surprise to us to see Callum put up points as he always has the potential to have big games,” Swarm associate general manager and head coach Joe Sullivan said. “I think the bigger thing is that he is getting recognized by his peers this week. I know Callum wants to turn the corner with this team, and being our interim captain means a lot to him. As our captain now, he’s doing everything he possibly can to help us succeed.”

Carlson, 24, posted one of the most memorable goalie performances in team history, stopping 48 of 53 shots (.906 SV%). Carlson limited the Stealth to just five goals, which is the lowest scoring total of any team in 2013. Sporting his custom made Hive Cares helmet to help raise money for cancer research, Carlson held Washington to two goals through the first three quarters of play, and killed four Stealth power plays.

“Tyler gets the job done and we believe in him,” Sullivan said. “Our defense gave him some really good support last week, and when they play strong in front of Tyler, he’ll make the saves more times than not.”

MacIntosh, 23, earned his second Transition Player of the Week award in 2013 after he tied a career-high in assists (5) and scooped up a team-high 11 loose balls. MacIntosh’s 113 loose balls rank third in the NLL.

“Jordan was also very successful in the faceoff circle against Bob Snider, and the week before he had a really strong performance against Geoff Snider,” Sullivan said. “What he is doing in the faceoff circle is quietly going unnoticed, but not by our staff.”

MacIntosh has won 53.8-percent of his faceoffs (149-for-277) this season and ranks fourth in the NLL in faceoff wins.

Fans can bid on all three player’s St. Patrick’s Day-themed jerseys by visiting auctions.mnswarm.com. Carlson’s custom-made Hive Cares helmet is also available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

Single Game Tickets start as low as $21 for all remaining home games in 2013. For purchasing information on both Season and Single Game Tickets, fans can call 1-888-MN-SWARM.

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